Senegal eliminated from World Cup over yellow cards

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If England and Belgium were to finish with the same number of fair play points, Federation Internationale de Football Association would draw lots to decide first place in the group. That resulted in the rarely-used fair play rule to determine which team advanced. With six yellow cards in three group games, Senegal were eliminated because Japan had only been issued four, leaving Africa without a representative in the last 16.

After picking up four points in their first two Group H games, as many as the rest of the four African teams combined, a draw would be enough for the Lions of Teranga to reach the next round, while Colombia need a win to secure qualification.

Japan go through to the last due to Fifa Fair Play rule after receiving 3 yellow cards while Senegal received 6.

Poland's Jan Bednarek scored the only goal of the match in the 59th minute.

Despite Japan losing 1-0 to Poland on Thursday, Senegal was eliminated.

In Group H's other match in Samara, Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 via a Yerry Mina goal to top the group on six points.

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As it turns out, Japan and Senegal were ridiculously tied.

As news of the goal filtered through to the Volgograd Arena, both teams were content to sit back.

Japan topped the group going into the final round of games, needing just a point to be assured of a place in the knockout stage for only the second time since 2002, when they were co-hosts.

Basically, FIFA has made a decision to reward teams that don't collect yellow and red cards. Die Mannschaft's only first-round elimination came back in the 1938 World Cup when the tournament was played in a straight knock-out round format.

The fair play tiebreaker is based on the number of yellow and red cards a team has been given throughout the tournament. Starting at this year's tournament, disciplinary records - known as fair play - were added by Federation Internationale de Football Association as a tiebreaker.

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